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The gateway to the Outer Hebrides
Lews Castle
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Spectacular events venue & luxury Stornoway accommodation on the Isle of Lewis

As seen on Channel 4's Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year!

Perched on an ancient incline, with unbeatable views over the inky blue waters of Stornoway (keep your eyes peeled for the seals bobbing amongst the gentle waves!), this inspiring, gothic-revival style castle hails from the mid-1800’s. Commissioned by Sir James Matheson, its historic walls have harboured nobility, WW2 hospital patients, college students and school children, but now, after a dedicated restoration, has opened its doors to visitors from across the globe to enjoy and explore.

As part of the grand revival, the upper floors of Lews Castle are now home to a warren of palatial self-catering apartments and contemporary suites, each unique in character and offering a luxurious stay amongst the turrets and towers. Offering sweeping views of Stornoway harbour, sumptuous décor, authentic island details (think Harris Tweed and Hebridean prints) and exceptional bathrooms, there is nowhere finer to rest your head during your escape to the Outer Hebrides.

On the ground floor, wander the star-lined corridors, delicately restored ballroom, peaceful family room and opulent whisky bar, before tucking into deliciously, handcrafted island dishes in our popular Storehouse Café.

Perfectly suited for celebrations, Lews Castle offers an extensive collection of wedding packages, corporate events and other professionally catered gatherings, allowing guests to experience true Island hospitality in an unforgettable setting.

A striking silhouette on the Stornoway skyline, Lews Castle is perfectly placed to access the wild beauty of the rest of the Outer Hebrides. From splashing in the turquoise waters of Luskentyre and absorbing the ancient history of the Callanaish Stones, to sipping whisky drams on a distillery tour and diving for succulent seafood, there is so much to love about the UK’s breath-taking islands.



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